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Ambient Social Networking

Ambient Social Networking refers to the use of location services in smart phones by installed social media apps to constantly (and automatically) ‘broadcast’ your location to others in a given range.

This is done with the intent of helping people find their friends so that they can do things together, or to meet new people in a given area who share similar interests.

The constant ‘broadcasting’ of a person’s location to friends and strangers alike does raise concerns about privacy, and in some cases, personal safety.

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